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Mosquitoes--Control; Pests--Control--Law and legislation--Minnesota


The Minnesota Mosquito Research Program (MMRP) was established in September 1984 in response to a request by Governor Perpich. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), as the lead agency, brought together a Working Group of distinguished North American experts to discuss the problems related to mosquito research and control. This Working Group- with advice from legislators and representatives from the community, environmental groups, and state and federal agencies- made recommendations for the development of a mosquito research and control program in Minnesota.

The Working Group divided its recommendations into two areas, research and administrative structure. An extensive research program in the following five subject areas was recommended: ( 1) the ecology, physiology, and biosystematics of mosquitoes; (2) baseline data on non-target organisms and environmental monitoring; (3) the impacts of mosquitoes on human and animal health, the economy, and the quality of life; (4) development and assessment of mosquito management strategies; and ( 5) local decision making and program development, based upon state leadership and standards, mosquito management training, and public education programs.

The MDH will work closely with the University of Minnesota to support a central research facility and personnel in the Department of Entomology as well as related research in other University departments. Field research stations will be established in conjunction with the University and other state agencies. A competitive grants program, open to public or private researchers, will be set up to support additional related research.

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